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Introduction and Uses: Chinese Cabbage is also known as Bok Choy or Nappa. It is rich in nutrients that are essential for the body, health, skin and hair. Its crinkly leaves with white veins are rich in an array of vital vitamins and nutrients.
Botanical Name: Brassica rapa subsp. pekinensis
Sowing Season: Throughout the year. Best grown in winter.
Sowing method: Transplantation
Because the seeds are small in size, Chinese Cabbage plant is grown by transplantation method. Seeds are first sown indoors in seeding tray or outdoors on seed beds & later the seedlings are transplanted into the containers or in raised beds.
Sowing container: Seedling trays/ seed cups/ small polybags or grow bags Seed bed.
Sowing medium: Coco peat(indoors), Fine soil (outdoors)
Sprouting Stage: Seeds will germinate within first 6-8 days & tiny sprouts will be visible. Once seeds germinate, put the tray on an open partially sunny spot near the window. Don’t cover the tray anymore.
Cotyledons: The first two leaves will emerge in the second week of germination. These are false leaves called as cotyledons.
First leaves: First leaves will emerge above cotyledons at the end of the second week.
Seedling stage: Second week onwards, seedlings will start growing into a small plant. At this stage exposé the seedlings to more & more sunlight for leaf growth.
Thinning: After the second week, keep only single seedling per cell/cup. Cut off the weak, small & lagging seedlings with a pair of scissors.
Transplantation: 21 to 25 days after the seed sowing, your seedlings will be ready to transplant in container pots or raised beds.
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